Tsunami victim named for award

first_imgA former student at Pembroke College who was seriously injured inlast year’s tsunami has been nominated by national magazine New Woman for theirWoman of the Year award.Naomi Bowman was visiting the Thaiisland Koh Phi Phi last December when she was swept almost a mile away from thebeach by giant waves. Despite  sustainingmultiple injuries, which needed six operations and a month in five differenthospitals, Naomi returned to Oxfordto complete her maths degree last summer. Upon her return to England inJanuary this year, Naomi decided to launch an extensive fundraising appeal tohelp the local residents of Koh Phi Phi who survived the tsunami. In ten monthsNaomi has already managed to raise over £5,000 in donations, which has beendivided between Thai families affected by the disaster, a school and a charity.Having previously considered acareer as a City banker, Naomi now works as the project manager for the committee charged with rebuildingthe devastated island, having emigrated to Thailand in the summer. Elizabeth Dawson,deputy Features Editor of New Woman, described Naomi’s story as “inspirational”and “one which other women would like to emulate”. Naomi said, “I don’t believe it’simportant how much money I have raised or what I’ve personally done. I don’tfeel I’m anything special or above the other people who work just as hard andharder to help the place.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more